This year the UN’s official theme for International Women’s Day is: Equality for Women is Progress for All.
We live in a great time for women. The best time ever, in fact. Our modern day society has become more egalitarian than ever.
But still, during this great time, around the world, there are fourteen million young women being forced into marriage at the age of 13 to men averaging age 37. One in nine girls are married before they turn 15.
The leading cause of death for girls in the developing world aged 15-19 is childbirth as a woman’s right to reproductive health care is still limited.
Women in North America still only make 77 cents to every dollar a man makes even though we are earning more college and graduate degrees than men. Even in traditionally female industries, we still earn a fraction less than men.
A recent Economist Poll indicated that 72% of American women do not consider themselves feminists, 18% of the men do not accept the label either.
So 72% of women do not believe in equality for women? Because that’s all feminism is: The desire for gender equality.
Forget about the image that you have created in your head of what a feminist looks like. She’s you if you believe a woman is equal to a man.
So let’s remember this, as this year’s theme states, equality for women is progress for all.
Happy International Women’s Day
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” Gloria Steinem